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Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While not as “glamorous” as the major party primaries or the November gubernatorial election, local municipal and school district elections affect residents’ daily lives from property taxes to zoning ordinances. (more…)

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Burnet County officials propose reuse and recycle center on 9 acres donated by city

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — City and county officials have agreed to a land donation to jumpstart a proposed regional reuse and recycling facility for household hazardous waste. Burnet City Council approved the donation to Burnet County of a 9-acre tract of land on RR 963, adjacent to the existing trash transfer station, to […]

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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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People must now pay a $50 deposit fee along with a $50 rental fee to use Crockett (pictured here), Blue Briar, and Veterans parks in Granite Shoals for events such as reunions and parties. The deposit fee is refundable as long as the renter cleans up after their event. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals park rental fees go up due to left-behind trash and alcohol rule-breakers

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Those wishing to rent parks in the city of Granite Shoals are going to need to dig deeper into their pockets. Granite Shoals City Council approved raising the deposit fee for the city’s community center, located at 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road, from $200 to $300 for residents […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 1 Incumbent Cristi Clement (left) of Meadowlakes, who has served on the board since 2009, did not file to run for re-election. Candidates Donna Holland Wilcox (center), Milton Rister, and Frank Haskell (not shown) are facing off for the position. Election results will be announced June 23.

PEC District 1 incumbent not running, 3 candidates vying for spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS  JOHNSON CITY — As the candidate nomination process for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors deadline came to a close, the eligible list revealed that the incumbent from District 1 has chosen not to run for re-election. (more…)

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The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Northwest Operations Center is scheduled to be open the week of June 7. Staff photo

Opening of PEC Marble Falls operations center pushed to June

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Officials rescheduled the grand opening of the new Pedernales Electric Cooperative Northwest Operations Center for summer 2018 due to unforeseen demands on construction materials statewide and a delivery delay in a critical piece of equipment for the facility. (more…)

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Residents can find out more about recent road projects on a recommended funding list by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Among funding recommendations are the engineering component of the proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge project. Courtesy map

Wirtz Dam Road bridge, US 281 project on recommended funding list

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — A handful of Burnet County road projects have made the cut on a recommended list for federal highway funding, launching a comment and meeting phase for the public. (more…)

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Longhorn steer shooting prompts $5,000 reward from rancher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — The shooting death of a longhorn steer on a remote county road has resulted in a criminal investigation and a $5,000 reward offered by a Llano County rancher. The incident is believed to have happened sometime over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 17-18, on a ranch just […]

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Prevention is key to protecting upper Highland Lakes from invasive mussels

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With boating season getting underway, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding people to take steps to curb the spread of invasive species such zebra mussels. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed a new bridge over the Llano River in northwestern Llano County to retire the aging Schneider Slab Crossing bridge. Pictured is a popular area of the Llano River just off CR 152. Staff photo

TxDOT project to preserve history, build new Llano River bridge

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY CASTELL — Llano County residents will consider safety vs. the historical value of the Schneider Slab Crossing on the Llano River while mulling a proposal to build a new bridge nearby, officials said. (more…)

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Two eastbound pickup trucks — one stopped to turn into a subdivision entrance — collided March 14, prompting Burnet County officials to capture images at the scene to encourage the Texas Department of Transportation to consider safety upgrades to the crash-plagued section of Texas 71. Photo courtesy Burnet County Judge James Oakley

Burnet County officials call for TxDOT road upgrades on crash-prone Texas 71 in Spicewood

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — Burnet County officials on March 15 descended upon the scene of the second Texas 71 collision in a week to gather evidence and urge the Texas Department of Transportation to consider safety upgrades to the crash-prone stretch of highway. (more…)

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PEC accepting director nomination applications for Districts 1, 6, 7

PEC accepting director nomination applications for Districts 1, 6, 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is accepting board of director nominations for three positions, but interested individuals only have until 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, to submit applications. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: Two Burnet County races headed to runoff elections

ELECTIONS: Two Burnet County races headed to runoff elections

BURNET — The two contested Republican Primary races for Burnet County offices are headed to May 22 runoff. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: Llano County judge decided; one race goes to runoff

ELECTIONS: Llano County judge decided; one race goes to runoff

LLANO — Llano County is getting a new county judge after Republican voters gave the GOP nomination to a challenger during the March 6 primary elections. And the primary season isn’t over as one race is headed to a runoff. (more…)

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The Llano County Sheriff’s Office will issue body cameras to deputies and increase the number of stationary cameras (shown here) in vehicles. Courtesy photo

Body, vehicle cameras to give Llano County deputies edge on the scene

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Llano County Sheriff’s Office deputies will arm themselves with high-tech body cameras and vehicle surveillance equipment to give them an edge in collecting evidence and during on-scene interactions, officials said. (more…)

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PEC accepting applications for $100,000 in high school scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative launched its scholarship program application process to benefit high school seniors with thousands of dollars in funding for higher education. (more…)

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Republican State Rep. Terry Wilson represents District 20, which includes Burnet and Milam counties and part of Williams County.

OPINION: Solving the property tax paradox in Texas

In the March 6 primaries, both the Republican and Democrat ballots have an item proposing planks that deal with education and education finance. Before we vote on these proposals, let’s reflect on the history of public school finance and explore the challenges our current system faces along with the proposed changes. (more…)

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Texas Republican and Democratic primaries voting guide 2018

Texas Republican and Democratic primaries voting guide 2018

BURNET — The race is on for Texas Democratic and Republican primary candidates. Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Voters in the primary elections can narrow the field for the November general election. This year, the governor, lieutenant governor, and U.S. Senate seats are on both tickets, but there are several Congressional, state, and local […]

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Texas 71 crashes, complaints prompt TxDOT to fix stretch of highway

Texas 71 crashes, complaints prompt TxDOT to fix stretch of highway

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TRAVIS SETTLEMENT — When Sari Pearce pulls onto Texas 71 from her home just west of Bee Cave, she feels on edge. “Even before the day of the fatality, there were other accidents,” said Pearce, a resident of Travis Settlement, located just west of Bee Creek Road. (more…)

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Early voting underway in Republican, Democratic primaries

Early voting underway in Republican, Democratic primaries

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Early voting in the primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties got underway Tuesday, Feb. 20, and continues through Friday, March 2. Election day for the primaries is Tuesday, March 6. (more…)

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Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker believes that if he can get defendants with substance abuse issues connected with the programs at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services early in the criminal justice process, the individuals stand a better chance of getting out of the cycle. Courtesy photo

Burnet County magistrate flips the process to help defendants better their lives

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker knows when someone stands before him in his small county jail courtroom, the arrest paperwork sitting on his desk doesn’t tell the entire story, especially when it comes to those battling drug or alcohol issues. Though he’s a judge, Noaker isn’t judging the person for […]

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School, city candidate filing deadline is Feb. 16

School, city candidate filing deadline is Feb. 16

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The filing deadline to run for a seat on a city council or school board is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Early voting is April 23 -May 1. The election is May 5. (more…)

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Morgan Shell, a 2008 Marble Falls High School graduate, works at the state level to help ensure all Texans have access to effective defense counsel. As a policy analyst with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, she researches innovative indigent defense strategies that Texas counties can use as well as performs several other job duties. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Morgan Shell: champion of the Sixth Amendment, indigent defense

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN —  The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t get the fanfare of the first and second, but to Morgan Shell, it’s a very important one for all Americans. (more…)

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Spicewood ESD No. 9 commissioners celebrated the grand opening of the new Spicewood EMS station on Spur 191 on Feb. 10. Pictured are ESD No. 9 board President Byron Zinn (left) and board Commissioners Johnnie Bindseil, Martha Norwood, Renee Hollingsworth, and Karen Bruett. Courtesy photo

Spicewood officials celebrate new EMS station, hear early success story

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — It was the “longest nine minutes” of Karen Bruett’s life. Her husband, Michael, suffered a seizure on Jan. 16 at their Lakeside Beach home, just off Spur 191 in Spicewood, and she dialed 9-1-1. (more…)

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Donna Holland Wilcox is running for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors District 1 seat. Courtesy photo

Donna Holland Wilcox announces candidacy for PEC District 1 director

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — In a bid to unseat a longtime incumbent, Burnet County resident Donna Holland Wilcox announced she will run for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors District 1 seat. (more…)

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The lake at Inks Lake State Park after a drawdown by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA warns contractors of Inks Lake refill, which begins Feb. 10

FROM STAFF REPORTS INKS LAKE — The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding contractors and shoreline residents to remove any maintenance equipment from the bed of Inks Lake before it starts refilling the lake Feb. 10. (more…)

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